Returning to Health After Surgery
Surgery can be a daunting experience. To avoid any stress or fear in the lead up to your procedure, it’s important that you understand what the procedure will involve. Some questions you can ask your physiotherapist and/or surgeon before your operation include:
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my surgery? Building up your strength before surgery an assist in your recovery after the operation.
For how long will I be in hospital?
What should I be doing post-surgery? Surgery is a big process for your body to undergo. But getting up and out of bed from day one can reduce your risk of post-operative problems. Many patients are encouraged to walk around the bed or ward following their surgery.
Will I need to use an aid? If you will require crutches after surgery, your physiotherapist can advise you beforehand on how to walk with them, so that you know what to expect.
When can I return to normal activity? We suggest seeing a physiotherapist post-surgery to help you return to your previous level of activity and function. Our physios can discuss with you the time frame you can expect for your surgery. Undergoing rehabilitation after surgery can improve your level of functional activity, enabling you to recover effectively within a shorter period of time.
Following your operation, your physiotherapist can prescribe gentle exercises for you to perform after you have been discharged. These exercises will help you restore function and strength. Once the pain has reduced and you feel more mobile, we can move you on to new exercises. Your physio will prescribe you the appropriate exercises according to your surgery, body and stage of recovery. We can help you get back on your feet and restore your muscle strength!
If you’re in need of physiotherapy to boost your surgery recovery or to address another challenge, please book an appointment online today.